The museum’s exterior reminds us, with its imposing ten-meter-high chimney, that we’re standing in front of a former textile factory in Lavelanet. Located right next to the river, a stone’s throw from the town center, it’s now a beautifully restored building with white walls and large skylights.
Once inside we’re given a handout explaining the tour, devoted to the two themes of textile and horn comb work.
We begin the discovery in the company of a guide and are captivated by the clear explanations on the history of the country and its industrial heritage. The comments are punctuated by demonstrations using hand tools or machines and by the viewing of documentary films, which sets the perfect pace for the visit.
Our friendly guide gave us the demonstration of hand spinning with a spindle. It’s really amazing! My daughter was wide-eyed as she confidently turned wool into thread at breakneck speed.